Introduction to Customs Regulations

Understanding Customs Regulations

The last step to getting into your new country can sometimes be the most intimidating: Customs. This intricate and complicated world does not have to stop you from your international San Diego relocation. Here is a look at some basic information about customs regulations, but your moving partners here at Atlas Allied can help you understand and navigate them all successfully. 

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How to Get Country-Specific Customs Information

Navigating the customs landscape can be challenging, but accurate and up-to-date information is your key to success. Here’s how you can find the customs details for your specific destination:


Research government websites

  • Visit the official government websites of your current and destination countries
  • Look for dedicated sections on customs and import/export regulations

Consult with the embassy or consulate

  • Reach out to the embassy or consulate of your destination country
  • Inquire about specific customs requirements and documentation

Seek Professional Advice

  • Hire the services of international moving companies with expertise in customs procedures
  • Consult with customs brokers for detailed insights

Required Documentation

Documentation can be overwhelming. Collecting the right materials ahead of time can make the process simpler. Different countries may have varying requirements, but here’s a general list of documents you may need:

Passport and Visa

  • Valid passports for all family members
  • Relevant visas and work permits

Inventory List

  • Detailed inventory of all items being shipped
  • Include values, quantities, and descriptions

Customs Declaration

  • Complete and accurate customs declaration forms
  • Include information regarding restricted or prohibited items

Proof of Ownership

  • Documents proving ownership of valuable items
  • Receipts, invoices, or appraisals may be required

Health and Vaccination Records

  • Records for pets
  • Medical records for family members
  • Immunization records for all family members

Tips for a Hassle-Free Customs Experience

Gain valuable insights from the experts at Atlas Allied, ensuring a smooth customs experience:

Plan ahead

  • Start the customs documentation process well in advance of your move
  • Understand the specific customs regulations of your destination

Work with professionals

  • Collaborate with an experienced international moving company, like Atlas Allied
  • Engage customs brokers for expert guidance

Double-check documentation

  • Ensure all required documents are complete and accurate
  • Keep both digital and physical copies for easy access

Know restricted items

  • Familiarize yourself with prohibited or restricted items in your destination country
  • Avoid potential delays by adhering to customs guidelines

Communicate with customs authorities

  • Establish open communication with customs authorities
  • Seek clarification on any uncertainties regarding regulations

Navigating customs during an international move can be complex, but with the right information and preparation, you can ensure a hassle-free experience. Let our century of expertise and meticulous support make your customs experience easier.


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